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2800 Magazine St., 872-9035;
Run by Gerard Maras, a celebrated local chef for more than two decades, Table One offers a menu of classical, French-inspired dishes. The seared duck breast comes with a housemade duck sausage, dried plum and black pepper sauce, stewed rutabaga, golden beets and apples. For an appetizer, the Torchon of Foie Gras is served with a pear, ginger and shallot chutney and toasted sourdough bread. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

933 Metairie Road, Metairie, 836-6859
This temple of the tandoor offers a variety of breads cooked onsite, 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: sautŽed okra sprinkled with mango powder. A buffet is available for lunch. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Wed. -Mon. Credit cards. $$

1827 Hickory Ave., Harahan, 738-6722; 3535 Severn Ave., Metairie, 885-5088; 5932 Magazine St., 524-9805
Taqueria Corona's comfortable cantinas offer tart margaritas, some Mexican and Latin American staple dishes and some exotic touches. Fried fish tacos with shredded cabbage, and shrimp and cheese-filled flautas are specialties. Taco choices include tongue chorizo. Off the grill, there's the green onion appetizer known as cebollitas. Also try the Mexican pizza or big California-style burritos. No Reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

1423 St. Charles Ave., 525-9996;
Chef Guillermo Peters offers guests an altogether different vision of Mexican cuisine. While the menu includes tacos served with traditional garnishes, aficionados of his more finessed work order steak chipotle or the chile relleno de mixiote, a pepper stuffed with seasoned, slow-baked lamb served over blackberry-habanero coulis, griddled Mexican cheese and pecan cream sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

1918 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 833-9455
Whether you're looking to feed yourself or your whole family, Metairie's Tea Garden is a good choice. Many classic Chinese dishes can be found on the menu, from daily lunch specials such as moo goo gai pan to General Tso's chicken. Family dinners such as Kong Bo Shrimp and sweet-and-sour pork are a bargain at just over $10. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $

3525 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 466-5550;
Named for its trio of owners -- Terrie, Corliss and Rose -- TeCoRo's combines seafood, Italian classics and local favorites on its large and varied menu. House favorites include lasagna with three layers of beef and four cheeses all smothered in red sauce, and eggplant Napoleon made with fried slices of eggplant layered with mozzarella, a rich, creamy sauce, baby spinach, crawfish tails, andouille and tasso all served over angel hair pasta. Desserts include tiramisu, ice cream and bread pudding. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

3100 Calhoun St., 861-3615
You can still come by for a frosty cold mug of root beer at this vintage collegiate drive-in, but there's more to the place than memories. The parking lot is usually full, but the service is quick, so you won't have to wait too long for a hot plate of red beans and rice. Lunch and dinner offerings include dishes like spaghetti and meatballs or Salisbury steak. There's still drive-through service for pick-up orders. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

1818 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 366-3898
Fans of this West Bank sushi bar often opt for combinations of sushi, cooked meats and soups with bargain-priced bento box dinners. In addition to large sushi rolls and sashimi, dishes like baked green mussels and fried dumplings are popular choices. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

3320 Houma Blvd., Metairie, 456-2832
Specializing in ribs, brisket and pulled pork, Texas Bar-B-Que also cooks up steaks and burgers and plenty of other vittles. Try a smoked potato stuffed with chopped barbecue beef and topped with sauce, cheese and chives. Many barbecue meats are 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. $

4001 Lapalco Blvd., Marrero, 328-4988;
While Thai Style offers many popular Thai dishes from chicken satay and coconut curries to Pad Thai, it also offers a few unique ones. The Duck Delight is a crispy duck with a cinnamon sauce served with shrimp and vegetables. Some popular entrees include tilapia served with a ginger root or basil sauce as well as jumbo shrimp in a creamy Alfredo sauce over angel hair pasta. Soups include a spicy lemongrass broth soup and hot and sour chicken soup. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

4024 Behrman Hwy., Gretna, 368-5694
Among the Vietnamese specialties at Thanh Thanh, you'll find five different varieties of spring rolls offering everything from shrimp to beef to pork to vegetables. Pho Ga is a rice noodle soup with chicken in a rich aromatic broth that arrives at the table with a basket of fresh basil, bean sprouts, jalapeno slices and limes. The Vietnamese-style crepes are made from rice flour with a hint of coconut. They are stuffed with pork, shrimp, bean sprouts and onions and are served with lettuce, fresh herbs, pickled carrots, cucumbers and fish sauce. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

4218 Magazine St., 894-8554;
Theo's version of thin-crust pizza has a distinctive crackerlike base for its pies. From there, the toppings seem limited only by the imagination, with the Eccentric specialty pizza packing garlic, chicken, spinach, peppers, feta, jalapenos, yellow squash, spicy tomatoes, pepperjack, Parmesan and mozzarella. Stop in Mondays or Tuesdays for $1 beers or Wednesdays for $10 bottles of wine. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

1827 Front St., Slidell, (985) 639-3335; 1896 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 626-1161;
The Times Grill is known for its burgers but also offers salads, sandwiches, wraps, some fried seafood in po-boys or baskets and some entrees with pasta. Off the grill, step into cheeseburger paradise with a burger topped with cheddar, Swiss and pepperjack cheeses. The Buffalo burger is brushed with a mild version of the wing sauce and topped with provolone cheese and arrives with a side of onion rings. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

115 Chartres St., 592-9444;
It can be hard to save room for this cozy Italian cafe's namesake dessert. Try dishes like shrimp Tiramisu cooked with garlic, white wine, basil and cream over garlic toast points. Other popular dishes include fried calamari, linguini with clams and veal Marsala. The tiramisu is prepared with ladyfingers soaked in espresso and topped with mascarpone cheese and chocolate. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

2701 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 362-8522
A relative newcomer to the West Bank restaurant scene, Todaro's serves its own interpretations of Italian classics. For example, the ravioli are stuffed with pesto shrimp and fried. Gnocchi is mixed with tender calamari in cream sauce. Steaks satisfy carnivorous cravings and seafood specialties like seared ahi tuna with herbed risotto also offer rich flavors. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

437 Esplanade Ave., 945-9997
The former location of Marisol is grooving to a Latin beat now that it has been thoroughly renovated and reopened as this colorful Mexican cantina. When the weather is nice, be sure to take advantage of the lush courtyard, which has a fountain and its own bar and makes a great perch for enjoying such house specialties as chipotle-rubbed baby back ribs with roasted corn or the avocado relleno stuffed with cheese and deep fried. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

746 Tchoupitoulas St., 581-1103;
Like an extended family portrait of New Orleans cuisine, Tommy's blends Italian and French-Creole traditions for a distinctive and varied menu. For instance, appetizers include the Creole-Italian double threat of oysters Tommy baked in their shells with Romano cheese, pancetta and red pepper and escargot simmered in vermouth with garlic and leeks and served in mushroom caps over crostini. The candlelit atmosphere and well-appointing dining room assure a romantic ambience. Reservations accepted. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

752 Tchoupitoulas St., 525-4790
An urbane atmosphere and an extensive wine list are the calling cards of Tommy's Wine Bar, but sharing management, a kitchen and a name with its neighbor Tommy's Cuisine means patrons can expect a lot more than bar snacks. Light bites at Tommy's Wine Bar could include mussels steamed in white wine with sautŽed tomatoes and caramelized garlic, shrimp remoulade, duck salad over spinach or crabmeat maison. No reservations. Light dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

240 Bourbon St., 523-4640;
Located in the historic Old Absinthe House, Tony Moran's combines classic Italian favorites and New Orleans seafood in a dining room with unmistakable French Quarter ambience. Shrimp scampi, grilled calamari and fried eggplant sticks get things started, and popular entrees include pappardelle with mushrooms, peas, prosciutto and cream. Gulf fish are topped with lump crabmeat and lemon-butter sauce. Reservations accepted. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

347 Verret St., 362-2264;
With a wireless Internet connection, this coffee shop serves as a home office away from home for some of its patrons. Breakfast offerings include egg dishes and rotating weekend specials like buttermilk biscuits with gravy. For lunch, try a chicken panini with apple smoked bacon and Swiss cheese. Fresh salads combine greens with items like fruit, nuts, chicken or seared salmon. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

600 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 626-4476; 2100 N. Morrison Blvd., Hammond, (985) 345-6789;
Led by the Wong brothers, Trey Yuen brings a taste of elegant Far East dining to the Northshore. Past the fish ponds and gardens, inside a pagoda-style building, the kitchen focuses on regional Chinese dishes. Dynasty Dinners include a choice of appetizer, soup and an entree such as smoked tea duck or Hunan shrimp. There is also a large á la carte menu, and lunch specials offer bargain combo platters. Reservations accepted. Lunch Wed.-Fri. and Sun., dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

1113 Decatur St., 412-8813
Tricou House has moved away from the bustle of Bourbon Street and serves its casual Creole fare on Decatur Street. It still has a courtyard filled with umbrella-covered tables for al fresco dining. The menu is anchored by classics like seafood gumbo, crawfish etouffee, Creole jambalaya and a large selection of po-boys. Reservations accepted. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards and checks. $

869 Magazine St., 522-0440
Tucker's is the home of the deep-fried burger. The Big Al is a half-pound burger stuffed with pepperjack cheese and mushrooms. The Big Tuck pours it on with bacon, pepperjack and American cheese on the inside and cheddar and barbecue sauce on top. Tucker's also has introduced a late-night menu of cheese fries topped with everything from debris and gravy to bacon, lettuce and tomato. The restaurant also serves po-boys, bar appetizers and entrees like eggplant parmigiana, chicken fried steaks and fish dishes. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Thu.-Sun. Credit cards. $

823 Decatur St., 525-8676;
Having just passed the 150-year mark, Tujague's provides a Creole dining experience and a history lesson all in one visit. The restaurant's famous five-course table d'hote dinner service starts with shrimp remoulade then moves on to soup before introducing the house specialty, brisket of beef, served with the signature horseradish sauce. There is a choice of entrees from among steak, fish and shellfish options. The chicken bonne femme is pan-fried and served with generous amounts of garlic and parsley and cottage fries. Dessert and coffee follow. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$


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