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4100 Gen. De Gaulle Drive 398-0470
At Aurora, the steaks come tender and juicy, and the seafood platters are light and crispy-fried, which makes them perfect for couples who can't agree on what to eat. Come in at lunch for a real bargain, when the steak special goes for $6.95. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tuesday through Friday, dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

501 Gretna Blvd., Gretna 366-3275
There are thick-cut steaks for everyone at this carnivore's delight on the West Bank, and you can pair filet mignon with barbecued shrimp in one popular platter. Other options include lobster, red snapper, and pork chops. Reservations recommended. Lunch Sunday through Friday, dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Harrah's New Orleans Casino, 512 S. Peters St. 533-6111
John Besh, whose Restaurant August has drawn rave reviews, now mixes it up for the high rollers at Harrah's. One example of his beefy venture is the 40-day dry-aged New York strip. Consider the surf and turf sandwich, with an 8-oz. filet and grilled lobster tails, or the seared medallions of ahi tuna, served rare with foie gras and plum sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Saturday and Sunday, dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

1202 Hwy. 190, Covington (985) 809-0969
Each tender steak is grilled to perfection and arrives on the table sizzling in flavored butter. Try the garlic pesto flavor or rosemary Worcestershire. For surf over turf, try the blackened catfish or grilled tuna. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Monday through Friday, dinner Saturday. Credit cards. $$$

4510 Dryades St. 895-9705
Beef is on the menu in a big way at Charlie's, where even the hungriest appetite ought to be satisfied by the T-bone, complemented by a heaping mound of potatoes au gratin or onion rings. If you're just in for a nibble, there's also a filet mignon. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tuesday through Friday, dinner Saturday and Sunday. Credit cards. $$

310 N. Carrollton Ave. 207-0016
This French steakhouse cultivates a classy atmosphere with murals on the walls and a sophisticated wine list. Try the roasted rack of lamb, served with a mustard and herb crust and tomato Provencale, or the petit filet mignon au poivre vert, an 8-oz. USDA Prime filet sauteed and served with green peppercorn brandy sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner daily, brunch Sunday. Credit cards. $$$

3520 18th St., Metairie 887-6641
Crazy Johnnie keeps the menu simple with grilled steaks and seafood dishes such as the crawfish Johnnie. Try the Prime cut filet mignon, an 8 1/2-oz. filet cooked to your liking, topped with garlic butter and served with the original Crazy Potatoes. No reservations. Lunch Monday through Saturday, dinner daily. Credit cards. $

1001 N. Broad St. 821-3271
When you're feeling overwhelmed by life's confusions, go to Crescent City and pick from the filet mignon, porterhouse, ribeye and T-bone steaks. On the side, spinach au gratin or potatoes with sauteed onions provide vegetable options. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday. Credit cards. $$

716 Iberville St. 522-CHOP (2467)
Descending the stairs to this dining room is like joining an exclusive carnivore club. Here, amidst the elegant surroundings, you can have your Prime beef grilled, seared, broiled or roasted to taste. Or try one of the specials, like the filet served with flash-fried oysters and bearnaise sauce. There are also seafood dishes for the surf set. Reservations recommended. Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

700 Bourbon St. 523-1485
The balcony provides a great view of the adventures on Bourbon Street, but don't forget the entertaining meal that awaits back up top. Seafood and Cajun classics abound here, as well as the Bourbon House Special: an 8-oz. filet topped with a demi-glace and jumbo barbecue shrimp and served with garlic mashed potatoes. Reservations recommended. Lunch Saturday and Sunday, dinner daily, late-night Friday and Saturday. Credit cards. $$

901 Clearview Pkwy., Harahan 736-0140
1319 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner 469-0404
1553 Gause Blvd., Slidell (985) 781-7827
This meat powerhouse is gaining accolades for its steaks, hand cut on the premises, and its killer desserts. For lunch, grab a steak sandwich, loaded with a 7-oz. ribeye and all the trimmings. Not in the mood for meat? Lone Star knows its fish, too, with a specialty grilled salmon slathered in a sweet bourbon marinade. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

2111 St. Charles Ave. (Avenue Plaza Hotel) 679-7697
For a comfortable St. Charles Avenue dining experience there's USDA Prime beef served at this popular spot. The menu promises fine dining with a twist with offerings such as cornmeal-crusted redfish and center-cut filet Oscar; both come with a crabmeat topping. To satisfy a sweet tooth, the waitstaff recommends the popular chocolate creme brulee. Reservations recommended. Breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday, brunch Saturday and Sunday, dinner Tuesday through Sunday. Credit cards. $$$

365 Canal St. (The Shops at Canal Place) 566-0221
Beef lovers will find a spicy menu to match this upscale restaurant's lively address with dishes such as the Cajun ribeye, which is infused with classic Cajun seasonings after marinating for 60 hours. A favorite dessert is the Godiva chocolate cake served with vanilla Haagen-Dazs ice cream. Wind down from a long day of work during happy hour, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

60 Park Place Drive, Covington (985) 893-0505
830 E. I-10 Service Road, Slidell (985) 649-4329
1601 Barataria Blvd., Marrero 341-5544
2746 Severn Ave., Metairie 455-6850
Housemade soups such as rich potato, broccoli, French onion and creamy onion are especially popular in the winter, but the biggest sellers are still the sirloin and filet mignon steaks, which are seasoned with Outback's secret spice recipe and cooked to order. Seal the meal with the decadent Chocolate Thunder, a large brownie topped with ice cream, whipped cream and chocolate syrup. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

621 St. Louis St. (Omni Royal Orleans Hotel) 529-7046

There are plenty of reasons why the award-winning Rib Room keeps both locals and tourists coming back time after time. One is the signature slow-roasted Prime rib that's served with a spicy horseradish sauce, baked potato and a salad with freshly made croutons and blue cheese dressing. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, jazz brunch Sunday. Credit cards. $$$

711 N. Broad St. 486-0810
3633 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 888-3600
Ruth's Chris is the headquarters for USDA Prime beef steaks that arrive at your table sizzling in butter. There are also oysters Rockefeller and the Ruth's Chris seasonal sweet-potato pie -- fresh sweet potatoes whipped with butter and a hint of vanilla and then topped with a brown-sugar-and-pecan crust. Reservations recommended. Lunch Monday through Friday and Sunday, dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

2645 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie 835-8555
Chef-owner Sal Saia is known for his grilled steaks and for his pork and lamb chops. The lamb -- a lamb rack sliced into chops -- is served with a fresh peach chutney. If you prefer creatures from the ocean to those from the pasture, try fresh Maine lobster or crabmeat au gratin. Reservations recommended on weekends. Dinner Tuesday through Sunday. Credit cards. $$

1009 Poydras St. 561-0770
All of S&W's beef steaks are dry-aged in-house for 28 days before being cooked to order. Now available is a special Cajun ribeye, spiced with garlic, cayenne pepper and olive oil and then marinated in Cajun oil for 72 hours before it is cooked. Reservations recommended. Lunch, dinner, late-night daily. Credit cards. $$$

237 Decatur St. 525-6151
The star attraction for regular diners year-round is a special lobster feast for two that features a pair of lobsters and double orders of soup, salad, baked potatoes or French fries and bread pudding, all for $39.95. For an adventurous dining experience, order up the Cajun filet mignon, filled with shrimp, crawfish, crabmeat and lobster stuffing and topped with red wine mushroom sauce. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

888 Harrison Ave. 488-8981
Just about all of Lakeview knows about this reliable steakhouse, which offers early-bird specials Sunday through Thursday and live jazz on Friday and Saturday. They also know life isn't just about steaks; The Knife also recommends a center-cut, 14-oz. pork chop grilled and topped with caramelized yellow onions and served with a demi-glace sauce and mashed sweet potatoes. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

609 Bourbon St. 525-3406
From the heart of Bourbon Street in the heart of the French Quarter, The Steak Pit beckons with a New York strip dinner, served with a salad, baked potato and onion soup. Or try the inviting Jim Beam bourbon baby back ribs. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

500 Poydras Plaza (Hyatt Regency New Orleans) 561-1234
The city's only revolving rooftop restaurant offers a menu of steaks, seafood, barbecue and local cuisine. The Surf 'N' Turf features two lobster tails and an 8-oz. filet mignon served with fresh steamed vegetables. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$$

513 S. Carrollton Ave. 861-3932
Bangkok Thai boasts some of the freshest red curry in the city, thanks in part to the homegrown herbs tended to by the staff. In the classic Pad Thai, the noodles can be topped with either shrimp, chicken, or tofu,. The lunch buffet on weekdays provides a full range of the authentic and traditional menu. Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner daily. Credit cards. $

1438 S. Carrollton Ave. 862-9001
Light, flavorful Thai cuisine is on the menu at the Basil Leaf, where the hot and sour soup or the seared scallop dumplings provide a nice start. The sesame-coated red snapper and the fried duck with gingered vegetables continue the noveau Thai trend. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

435 Esplanade Ave. 949-1750
Siam Cafe is a Thai restaurant with a bohemian vibe nestled below the Dragon's Den. Try the classic Pad Thai, a generous portion of traditional noodles served with sizzling shrimp, chicken breast, bean sprouts, crushed peanuts and seasoned with spicy chiles. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

click to enlarge Executive Chef Marcus Thomas welcomes - customers to 201 RESTAURANT in the French - Quarter. - CHERYL GERBER
  • Cheryl Gerber
  • Executive Chef Marcus Thomas welcomes customers to 201 RESTAURANT in the French Quarter.
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