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Coffee & Dessert

ANGELO BROCATO 214 N. Carrollton Ave., 486-0078; For traditional Italian cannoli, head to Angelo Brocato. The pastries are hand-stuffed with chocolate and vanilla-flavored ricotta mixtures. The gelato and Italian ice also are popular. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

THE BEAN GALLERY 637 N. Carrollton Ave., 324-8176; Along with coffee, pastries, croissants and muffins, the Bean Gallery serves panini made with fresh ingredients. The Anatolian has mushrooms, goat cheese, spinach, roasted red peppers and hummus. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, late-night Sun.-Thu. Credit cards. $

BEN & JERRY'S ICE CREAM 3500A Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 887-5656; Indulgences at this ice cream parlor include Cinnamon Buns, a savory caramel ice cream with cinnamon streusel swirl. Original flavors include Boston Cream Pie and Dulce Delish. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

BITTERSWEET CONFECTIONS 5331 Canal Blvd., 484-0780; Bittersweet offers flavored handmade chocolate truffles with dark, milk and white chocolate, as well as cookies, fudge, macaroons, candied orange peels, caramels, sugar-free chocolates, cakes, cupcakes, cookies and other sweet treats. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

CC'S COFFEEHOUSE Citywide; This local coffeehouse chain uses its own roasted blends in both hot and iced specialty drinks. There also are gourmet teas and fruit smoothies. Baked goods include muffins, pastries, brownies, scones and bagels. Many locations have free wireless Internet. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

CAFE DU MONDE Citywide; Cafe Du Monde is synonymous with cafe au lait and beignets loaded with powdered sugar. While the original Decatur Street location remains a French Quarter landmark, satellite shops are scattered throughout the metro area. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Cash only. $

CAFE ROSE NICAUD 632 Frenchmen St., 949-3300; Cafe Rose Nicaud stays hopping with regulars sipping coffee and enjoying light meals. Specialties include Belgian waffles with Steen's cane syrup and croissant sandwiches filled with spicy jerk chicken. A perfect dessert spot, Nicaud also offers homemade chocolate and cheesecakes. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CAMPBELL'S COFFEE & TEA 516 S. Tyler St., Covington, (985) 246-6992; Customers queuing for their morning mug at Campbell's find some tempting options at the counter, starting with cinnamon rolls and scones made with white chocolate and raspberries. Sandwiches from Columbia Street Natural Market are available at lunchtime. No reservations. Breakfast Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CHERRYBERRY FROZEN YOGURT & SHAVED ICE 1950 Manhattan Blvd., Suite 110, Harvey, 267-4764; 3348 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 322-2118; Cherryberry serves shaved ice treats and all-natural frozen yogurt in a wide variety of flavors. Both can be topped with fruit, candy, nuts, crushed cookies, flavored syrups or drizzled condensed milk. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

COFFEE RANI 234 Lee Lane, Covington, (985) 893-6158; 3510 Hwy. 190, Mandeville, (985) 674-0560; The large menu at these casual cafes includes creative salads and sandwiches. The tandoori tuna sandwich has a chutney-mayo spread. The shrimp and pesto salad serves shrimp, pesto, purple cabbage and bowtie pasta over a bed of Caesar salad. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $

COLD STONE CREAMERY 624 S. Carrollton Ave., 218-8900; Cold Stone's ice cream is made in house and mixed with nuts, fruit and candy at the counter. There also are shakes, smoothies, blended coffee drinks, ice cream cupcakes and ice cream cakes. Birthday Cake Remix features cake batter ice cream mixed with fudge, brownies and rainbow sprinkles. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

THE CREOLE CREAMERY 4924 Prytania St., 894-8680; 6260 Vicksburg St., 482-2924; This old-fashioned-style ice cream parlor offers specialties like milkshake floats and traditional ice cream sundaes. There is a changing roster of ice cream and sorbet flavors, including cafe au lait and creme brulee. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

THE ENGLISH TEA ROOM 734 E. Rutland St., Covington, (985) 898-3988; A Covington cottage sets the stage for traditional English tea service, with options ranging from a simple pot of tea to a full spread of finger sandwiches, quiches, scones and sweets. The lunch menu features salads and sandwiches and a ploughman's lunch of British cheeses, crusty bread and salad. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

FAIR GRINDS COFFEEHOUSE 3133 Ponce de Leon St., 913-9072; This coffeehouse grinds fair trade coffee and offers more than 30 organic teas. The locally produced pastries include vegan breads, cookies and energy bars. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Checks. $

FLORA GALLERY & COFFEE SHOP 2600 Royal St., 947-8358 This eclectic coffeehouse offers French, Colombian and Ethiopian coffees. Flora also serves homemade falafel with pita bread, black bean burritos, chicken quesadillas and a changing selection of baked goods. There's an affordable five-item daily breakfast special. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

FRENCH PRESS COFFEEHOUSE 3236 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 305-0276; Choose from specialty drinks like Southern pecan freeze, a pecan-flavored frozen latte topped with whipped cream and crushed pecans. The cookies and cream freeze is made with Oreos and espresso. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

HAAGEN-DAZS Riverwalk Marketplace, 1 Poydras St., 523-3566; Aquarium of the Americas, 1 Canal St., 378-2624; Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., phone n.a.; Haagen-Dazs offers 30 signature flavors including mainstays such as Rocky Road, mint chocolate chip and Java Chip. Milkshakes, smoothies and coffee drinks round out the menu of sweet treats. No reservations. Lunch daily. Credit cards. $

LA DIVINA GELATERIA 621 St. Peter St., 302-2692; 3005 Magazine St., 342-2634; Loyola University, Carrollton Residence Hall, 258-2115; House-made gelati and classic Italian-style panini fill the menu at these sweet shops. A muffalino features a muffuletta's insides on pressed ciabatta. Find gelati flavors like creme brulee, Turbo Dog chocolate sorbetto and honey-sesame goat's milk. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

LA DOLCE NOLA SNACKERY AND GELATERIA 200 Metairie Road, Metairie, Suite 100, 832-1122; La Dolce Nola serves an array of house-made gelati and sorbettos in flavors including Louisiana strawberry, Meyer lemon and basil, goat yogurt with strawberry, white chocolate peppermint and Italian chocolate chip. There also are bagels, muffins and scones. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

THE LITTLE PASTRY SHOPPE 2309 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 834-2253; This bakery specializes in whole custom cakes, but also serves an assortment of muffins and pastries. The Mardi Gras muffin is a cinnamon cake with king cake icing. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

M'S COFFEE & CAFE 322 Lafayette St., 592-8244; Stop in for breakfasts of pancakes or breakfast burritos and the house special blend coffee. Lunch options include a chicken panino filled with shredded chicken, roasted garlic and house-made basil pesto. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

MAPLE STREET CAFE 7623 Maple St., 314-9003; New Orleans, Italian and Mediterranean cuisines fuse at this Uptown restaurant. Oysters amandine are fried and topped with roasted almonds and white wine lemon butter. Entrees include veal osso buco, pastas and seafood options including soft-shell crabs. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

MARBLE SLAB CREAMERY 4201 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite D, Metairie, 887-2167; Customers choose their own ice cream mixes from more than 15 flavors and toppings from blueberries and Gummi Bears to Kit Kat and mint patties. Other creations include Tiramisu Crunch with yellow cake and Nestle Crunch. There also are cakes, floats, shakes and banana splits. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

MAURICE FRENCH PASTRIES 3501 Hessmer Ave., Metairie, 885-1526; 4949 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, 455-0830; Along with breakfast and lunch pastries, Maurice offers a wide selection of sugar-free baked goods, including a king cake. The most popular item is the kugelhopf, a specialty pound cake. Hessmer Avenue: breakfast Mon.-Sat. West Napoleon Avenue: breakfast Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

NONNA'S ITALIAN BAKERY & CAFFE 2033 N. Hwy. 190, Suite 5, Covington, (985) 893-1488; King cake season keeps this Northshore bakery busy making traditional treats. Try the pecan praline-style king cake topped with praline sauce. The lunch menu features soups, panini and salads. No reservations. Breakfast Tue.-Sun., lunch Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

ORANGE COUCH 2339 Royal St., 267-7327; Enjoy coffee and baked goods such as fresh carrot cake. On Fridays the cafe serves light Vietnamese dishes like spring rolls and bun. For an additional treat, try one of the Japanese mochi ice cream flavors like lychee or chocolate coconut. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

PJ'S COFFEE OF NEW ORLEANS Citywide; This local coffee shop chain offers a full range of coffee drinks, iced concoctions, bagels and a variety of baked goods. Some locations have a menu of sandwiches. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

PUCCINO'S COFFEEHOUSE Lakeside Shopping Center Annex, 17th Street at Severn Avenue, Metairie, 835-3151; 5200 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 780-9970; The cafe serves sandwiches, salads, soup and pizzas. For breakfast, the eggs Puccino sandwich features an egg, ham and cheese on an English muffin. The create-your-own grits can be filled with your choice of five different cheeses, bacon, turkey, ham or Italian sausage. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

PURE YOGURT CULTURE 8108 Hampson St., 864-8108 This frozen yogurt shop offers a changing selection of seasonal flavors, plus pomegranate, "Pure Tart" and the "Who Dat" mystery flavor. No sugar is added to the chocolate, vanilla or peanut butter flavors, and yogurts are nonfat and kosher. Topping choices include chopped fruit, berries, almonds, walnuts, toasted coconut, chocolate, caramel and granola. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

RED MANGO 1640 Hickory Ave., Harahan, 575-3576; Red Mango offers self-serve frozen, nonfat, probiotic yogurt, smoothies and iced teas. Ghiradelli chocolate, peach, Key lime pie, pumpkin spice and wildberry hibiscus are among the 50 flavors offered in changing rotations. No reservations. Breakfast Mon.-Fri., lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

REFUEL COFFEE AND NOSH 8124 Hampson St., 872-0187; Get your fill at this Riverbend spot. The weekend brunch menu includes classics like huevos rancheros and brioche French toast. Lunch options include a Cuban sandwich filled with pork, ham and Swiss cheese and the spring sandwich features turkey, Swiss, alfalfa sprouts, spinach, tomato and avocado. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Fri., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

ROYAL BLEND COFFEE & TEA HOUSE 240 Metairie Road, Metairie, 835-7779; 621 Royal St., 523-2716; The food selection at this coffee and tea house features mainly breakfast pastries, sandwiches and salads. During weekends, the breakfast menu expands to include eggs Benedict, shrimp and grits, grillades and grits, and blueberry or bananas Foster pancakes. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $

ST. JOHN'S COFFEEHOUSE 535 E. Boston St., Covington, (985) 893-5553; Coffee drinks keep patrons perky at St. John's, and the lunch menu offers serious sustenance with sandwiches like le grand cochon with pulled pork and slaw on ciabatta. The weekend breakfast menu includes French toast, croque madame sandwiches and grits and grillades. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat., early dinner Sun. Checks. $

SATSUMA CAFE 3218 Dauphine St., 304-5962 Satsuma's menu changes often to reflect local and seasonal availability of produce. Satsuma's most popular breakfast item is the pesto-infused Green Eggs and Ham sandwich. Or try the roasted pear sandwich with melted Brie. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $

SOUND CAFE 2700 Chartres St., 947-4477 This Faubourg Marigny coffee shop and bookstore offers gourmet sandwiches such as turkey, Brie and apple on a baguette. Bagels are served with sliced lox, capers, red onions, tomatoes and cream cheese. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

SUCRE 3025 Magazine St., 520-8311; Lakeside Shopping Center, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 834-2277; Double dark chocolate gelato, Bailey's and Godiva liquors fill an adults-only milkshake at this upscale sweet stop. The All Things NOLA sundae stacks brown butter pecan gelato, bread pudding pieces, candied pecans, whipped cream and bananas Foster. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

TUTTI FRUTTI FROZEN YOGURT 4316 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite B, Metairie, 371-5195; Frozen yogurt at Tutti Frutti comes in sugar-free, nondairy, nonfat and gluten-free options. Of the 14 flavors, crowd favorites are the original tart version, yellow cake batter and Death by Chocolate. Pile on fruit, nuts and candy toppings. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Z'OTZ COFFEEHOUSE 8210 Oak St., 861-2224 Z'otz offers fair trade coffees, teas, saucer-sized chocolate chip cookies and vegan pastries in an artsy, eclectic atmosphere. A changing menu features options like turkey chili and vegan yam and garlic soup. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Cash only. $

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